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WHAT THIS STYLE GUIDE INCLUDES
In this style guide and accompanying CD, you will have all relevant artwork files with appropriate guidelines
for approved usage of the marks. For the American Athletic Conference to be perceived as disciplined,
strong, stable and successful, member schools, vendors, media outlets and corporate sponsors must
all adhere to a strict and consistent application of our new, visual branding system.
While we have taken extra care to identify common situations relative to proper use of the marks,
no style guide can cover all possible applications or contingencies, and we know that individual member schools
will have unique challenges or applications. If you have follow-up questions or need assistance, please email
[email protected] or contact the American Athletic Conference office at 401-244-3278.
We have every reason to be proud of the new collegiate athletic conference that we have rebuilt and are
about to launch. Use these marks with care, and with respect for your fellow conference schools, as we watch the
American Athletic Conference brand become a symbol for excellence on the field, court, diamond and in the classroom.
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IDENTITY MARKS / RESTRICTIONS
The American Athletic Conference primary, secondary and wordmark logos are the cornerstones of our identity system.
They distinguish the conference and present a cohesive, recognized image of our brand. Therefore, they must be used
consistently and never be manipulated, changed, disassembled, used as part of other logos or otherwise modified.
All publications, web applications, advertising and on-campus depictions of the marks must be consistent
with the branding guidelines outlined on the following pages, or otherwise approved by the
conference office. If the cause is deemed justified, some exceptions may be granted. The use of
any conference logo for retail or resale purposes must be approved by the conference office.
If any logo usage is deemed incorrect, improper or found to be non-conforming to established style guidelines, the member
school will be asked to remove or correct the incorrect usage in the environment or media where it is depicted or presented.
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OFFICIAL AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE LOGO
The primary and official American Athletic Conference logo uses a “varsity” or block letter A that incorporates
a stylized red star element, with stacked lettering below the graphic A icon. While we’ve applied contemporary
upgrades to the typeface – making it proprietary and unique – the classic, varsity style A has been in
existence for decades and was chosen purposefully to give our rebuilt conference immediate
credibility, familiarity and a sense of being stable, strong and well established.
The star element has a white stroke around it and a prescribed tilt, giving the iconic logo a dynamic and
energetic personality. The elongation of one of the star’s points, and its relationship to the A, adds
a quality of aspiration, reach and expansiveness. This star element and the A are in a fixed
relationship, and should never be altered, modified or repositioned in any way.
The typeface for the word “AMERICAN” stacked under the graphic A is not a standard typeface
and must be reproduced using the official production artwork. The typeface for the stacked words
“ATHLETIC CONFERENCE” is Univers (see pages 18-19 of this style guide for the approved ancillary typeface).
Other key elements of the primary mark include a gray drop shadow as a perimeter design element around
the A, as well as a radial gradient or “flare” within the blue letter field. Both are added to give the mark a
three-dimensional, contemporary look with added vibrancy. Note that this primary mark with stacked
lettering has a vertical orientation and is best used when vertical space is readily available.
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FOR USE ON WHITE BACKGROUND
REPRODUCING THE AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE LOGO
The primary mark is a 4-color logo and should be reproduced using the official production
artwork, which is available in an electronic format. The logo is available in several
electronic formats, including tiff, jpeg, gif, bitmap and eps.
LOGO COLOR
FOR USE ON DARK BACKGROUND
While there is a defined color palette for the solid color version of the primary mark
(see below), the primary mark shown here should always be used when possible and
reproduced in 4-color for consistency and brand integrity.
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2-COLOR VERSION OF PRIMARY LOGO
COLOR PALETTE
The preferred reproduction of the logos and wordmarks for the American Athletic Conference
is a 4-color process. However, where the 4-color process is not practical on some substrates
and surfaces, these solid color versions can be used. Using the following color palette
is consistent with, and supports, the conference branding guidelines.
PRINTED COLOR
The American Athletic Conference has a suggested primary color palette
that contains PMS 485 (RED) and PMS 282 (BLUE). These colors are
specified in a value of the Pantone Matching System®.
3-COLOR VERSION OF PRIMARY LOGO
SOLID COLOR (PMS)
The colors shown in this style guide are approximate and are not intended to match the
Pantone color standards. The colors displayed on your screen or printed from your computer are
only approximate representations of solid printed inks. Please refer to Pantone guides for color
accuracy (Pantone® is a registered trademark of Pantone, Inc.).
4-COLOR PROCESS (CMYK)
The logos for the American Athletic Conference were designed to be recreated in a
4-color process. This uses a mixture of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK) to get
a precise reproduction of the prescribed colors for the conference marks. Whenever
possible, please recreate the conference logos in their 4-color process versions.
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SECONDARY LOGOS
This secondary American Athletic Conference logo in red uses a “varsity” or block letter A
that incorporates a stylized star element (blue, in this case), with stacked lettering below the
graphic A icon. In the red logo version, there is no radial gradient within the red letter field, but
it does appear in the blue star. Note that this red secondary variation of the primary mark has a
vertical orientation and is best used when vertical space is readily available. However, while it
is an approved logo, this red variation should not replace the blue primary mark –
our official logo – if the blue primary mark works for your application.
REPRODUCING THE RED SECONDARY LOGO
This secondary mark in red is a 4-color logo and should be reproduced using the
official production artwork, which is available in an electronic format.
LOGO COLOR
While there is a defined color palette for the solid red color version of this secondary
mark (PMS 485 Red, PMS 282 Blue), the mark shown here should always be used
when possible and reproduced in 4-color for consistency and brand integrity.
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FOR USE ON WHITE BACKGROUND
2-COLOR VERSION OF SECONDARY LOGO
SECONDARY LOGOS - RED VARIATION
(CONT.)
FOR USE ON DARK BACKGROUND
3-COLOR VERSION OF SECONDARY LOGO
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ONNCFEE R E N C E
SECONDARY LOGOS–
1-COLOR, GRAYSCALE AND KNOCKOUT VARIATIONS
Some member schools have expressed that the blue primary mark might
create conflicts with their individual school logo colors or competitive school
logos, and prefer the use of a 1-color, grayscale or knockout
variation of the mark, particularly for surface applications.
AT H L E T I C C O N F E R E N C E
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consistently in much the same way as the 4-color and solid color
versions for surface applications and reproductions.
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WORDMARKS
Two official wordmark logos have been developed for the American Athletic Conference
and are presented here as the words “American” and “The American.” They can also be
depicted with the baseline phrase “Athletic Conference” if preferred.
A T H L E T I C
C O N F E R E N C E
In developing the wordmarks, the iconic red star of the primary mark has been
excised for use as the “dot” on the letter “i” in American. Note that the relationship of
this star element over the letter “i” is fixed and should never be altered, modified,
enlarged or repositioned in any way. The radial gradient has also been
incorporated into these wordmarks inside the blue lettering.
The wordmark typography is not a standard typeface and was uniquely
modified and spaced for the American Athletic Conference. Therefore it should
be reproduced using the official production artwork as a 4-color
logo and must never be recreated or changed.
AT H L E T I C
A T H L E T I C
CO N F E R E N C E
Like the primary and secondary graphic marks, the wordmarks are available
in electronic formats, including tiff, jpeg, gif, bitmap and eps.
C O N F E R E N C E
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FOR USE ON DARK BACKGROUND
WORDMARKS (CONT.)
AT H L E T I C
A T H L E T I C
CO N F E R E N C E
C O N F E R E N C E
While we always prefer the use of the primary vertical conference logos, all the wordmarks,
horizontal in orientation, offer additional flexibility when vertical space is limited.
Also note that since we introduced the conference name in the spring of 2013, the term
“The American” has been adopted rapidly in conversation, especially with media outlets
looking for a memorable and “catchy” shorthand for this new conference. Several
member schools have also expressed a strong favorable reaction to this “nickname.”
We approve of “The American” as a nickname and we invite member schools
to use the wordmark versions presented on these pages as situations dictate.
AT H L E T I C
A T H L E T I C
CO N F E R E N C E
C O N F E R E N C E
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2-COLOR VERSION OF WORDMARKS
WORDMARKS (CONT.)
A 2-color version of the wordmarks is also available when 4-color applications
are not possible. The defined color palette is PMS 485 (RED) and PMS 282 (BLUE).
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4-COLOR VERSION
WORDMARKS (CONT.)
The conference URL address can be recreated as a 4-color,
2-color, or 1-color wordmark as indicated.
2-COLOR VERSION
1-COLOR VERSION
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CONFERENCE LOGO WITH TEXT
When using associated text underneath the primary mark (for example, with employee
titles, offices, etc.) the text should be the same height of the logotype in the words
“ATHLETIC CONFERENCE.” You should use UNIVERS 47 Light Condensed Oblique.
See next page for complete font list.
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
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UNIVERS 47 LIGHT CONDENSED
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
[email protected]#$%&
UNIVERS 47 LIGHT CONDENSED OBLIQUE
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
[email protected]#$%&
UNIVERS 57 CONDENSED
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
[email protected]#$%&
UNIVERS 57 CONDENSED OBLIQUE
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
[email protected]#$%&
TYPOGRAPHY
The American Athletic Conference primary, secondary and wordmark logos use type
treatments that have been created for the conference, and are unique and exclusive to us.
However, to provide greater flexibility, the conference has selected a sans serif typeface
that can be used in conjunction with the conference logos. Our sans serif font is
UNIVERS. This is the same font used in the words “ATHLETIC CONFERENCE”
in our primary logo. It is a clear, strong, easily readable, contemporary font.
Using this selected type font assures that every communication from the
conference and our member schools will adhere to a uniform,
cohesive and consistent style and maintain brand integrity.
UNIVERS 67 BOLD CONDENSED
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
[email protected]#$%&
UNIVERS 67 BOLD CONDENSED OBLIQUE
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
[email protected]#$%&
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UNIVERS 45 LIGHT
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
[email protected]#$%&
UNIVERS 45 LIGHT OBLIQUE
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
[email protected]#$%&
TYPOGRAPHY
(CONT.)
UNIVERS 55 ROMAN
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
[email protected]#$%&
UNIVERS 55 ROMAN OBLIQUE
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
[email protected]#$%&
UNIVERS 65 BOLD
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
[email protected]#$%&
UNIVERS 65 BOLD OBLIQUE
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
[email protected]#$%&
UNIVERS 75 BLACK
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
[email protected]#$%&
UNIVERS 75 BLACK OBLIQUE
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
[email protected]#$%&
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LOGO SIZING
1.5” high
1.5” high
While there are no restrictions on how large the American Athletic Conference
logos can be, there are restrictions on the minimum size. In no case should the
primary logo unit be reproduced smaller than 1.5” high. The wordmarks
should not be reproduced smaller than 1.5” wide.
The logos should always appear as large as possible for clarity and readability,
while allowing for our prescribed isolation and clear space specifications.
The logos must be scaled proportionately to accommodate applications as
diverse as website graphics, campus banners, field markers and
promotional materials. This can be achieved successfully by
reproducing the chosen mark using the official production artwork.
1.5” wide
A T H L E T I C
C O N F E R E N C E
1.5” wide
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CLEAR SPACE
Careful attention to the area of isolation around the conference marks
assures that they will always be easily read and never be combined or overlapped
with any other logos, text, images or graphics.
The clearance area is a space equal in size to the width of the
star at the approximate 8 o’clock / 4 o’clock star point positions.
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INCORRECT LOGO USAGE
Stretching/Horizontal Expanding
Stretching/Vertical Expanding
Incorrect usage of the American Athletic Conference marks compromises
the integrity of the brand and impedes our goal of achieving a unified branding
effort. Therefore, variations of the marks are not permitted. This page outlines
incorrect usages of the conference logo that violate the established guidelines
outlined by the American Athletic Conference. Please avoid any treatment,
application or usage of the marks that alters branding elements, affects
legibility or otherwise modifies the logos in any way.
Reconfiguring
Shadowed
Do not use the logo
as a “Ghosted”
background with type
or other objects
placed over the top.
Ghosting/Watermark
Background Image
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INCORRECT LOGO USAGE
(CONT.)
Pattern
Enclosing
Screening
Screening
Unapproved Color Usage
Mascot Wrapping
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UNIFORM LOGO –
2-COLOR OR SCHOOL COLORS VERSION
FOR USE ON LIGHT OR DARK UNIFORM
UNIFORMS – GENERAL
Incorporating the American Athletic Conference logo on your basketball and football uniforms
is mandatory. The use on all Olympic sport uniforms is strongly encouraged but not mandated.
Only the iconic version of our vertical primary logo (without the AMERICAN lettering below the A icon),
shown on these pages, is allowed for all uniform use. The iconic vertical logo maximizes the readability of
our conference mark and should be directly embroidered onto the uniform (no patches).
Our official 2-color logo shown, or your school colors version (see page 32), should be
used on light or dark uniforms. A knockout/white variation of the
logo can be used on dark uniforms only.
KNOCKOUT VERSION FOR USE ON DARK UNIFORM
THLETIC CONFERENCE
The size of the logo should always be equal to or greater than the manufacturer’s
logo and never be any smaller than 2” high.
AT H L E T I C C O N F E R E N C E
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MEMPHIS
PMS 877
MEMBER SCHOOL PRIMARY LOGO CUSTOMIZATION
It is acceptable for a member school to create a 3-color variation of the primary mark
for their individual school colors. Two examples of a 3-color variation are presented here.
PMS 280
The conference does not authorize individual school mascots to be wrapped
around the primary mark as a customization method.
All customized logo variations must be approved by the conference office before use.
TULSA
PMS 871
PMS 294
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A Proud Member Of
A Proud Member Of
WEB, PSAs, MERCHANDISING AND OTHER USES
WEB
All member schools are required to include the conference logo and link to
TheAmerican.org on the homepage of their athletic website.
PSAs
All member schools are required to include the conference logo at the end of their PSAs. A separate
logo stating “A Proud Member Of,” shown here, has been created for this purpose.
PUBLICATIONS
A Proud Member Of
Member institutions are encouraged to reference the American Athletic Conference
name or incorporate the logo on the cover of all athletic publications.
STATIONERY
A T H L E T I C
C O N F E R E N C E
Member institutions are strongly encouraged to reference the American Athletic Conference
name or incorporate the logo on all athletic department stationery.
ADVERTISING/PROMOTION
A Proud Member Of
Member institutions are strongly encouraged to reference the American Athletic Conference
name or incorporate the logo on all game and athletic-related advertising, athletic
posters, flyers, announcements and promotional materials.
MERCHANDISING
A T H L E T I C
C O N F E R E N C E
Any merchandising use of the American Athletic Conference must go through the Licensing Resource
Group (see contact information on page 29) and be approved by the conference office.
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INQUIRIES AND CONTACT INFORMATION
FOR STYLE GUIDE QUESTIONS CONTACT:
American Athletic Conference
15 Park Row West, 3rd Floor • Providence, RI 02903
T: 401-244-3278
F. 401-633-3160
Email: [email protected]
FOR MERCHANDISING QUESTIONS CONTACT:
The Licensing Resource Group
T: 616-395-0676
www.lrgusa.com
DISCLAIMER:
The marks contained in this document and those in the accompanying compact disc are trademarks and the
sole property of the American Athletic Conference. Any and all uses of these trademarks are granted by permission only. Use of these
marks outside the specifications described herein is restricted and requires the written permission of the American Athletic Conference. For
permission, please submit your request with a sample of the proposed usage to the conference office at the address above or to
[email protected] The conference will respond within 10 days. No response does not imply approval.
©2013 American Athletic Conference, Inc.
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